Lately, I’ve been struggling a lot with staying motivated in pursuing my passions as a writer/media artist. My blog, @thoughtsbeforecoffee, is coming up on its first year in existence, and there are times when I’ve wondered if people are actually even reading my work. But earlier today, I found this picture and it reminded me why I started in the first place, and why, no matter how much I see the success of others online, I should never compromise my original mission in creating my blog: to share my experiences in travel/food/life-living with transparency, not as a bragging point, but to show there is hope in living a life you can be proud of, even when the world feels too heavy and chaotic. This is not to be confused with providing a distraction — rather, it is to say that maybe if more people went outside of their comfort zones, more stories would be worth sharing. Maybe we’d actually learn to listen to each other. Maybe we’d all figure out that we’re not so different after all.
It seems lately all I ever see is news feeds oversaturated with conflict, or social media accounts competing with each other to show whose life is more exciting than another’s. I’ve also heard people say that social media is a lie, yet continue to use it anyway so long as it benefits themselves.
But social media is only a lie if you want it to be. You’ll never catch me posting something solely for the likes. It’s true that freelance ain’t free, but I’m not in the business of getting paid to be someone I’m not.
I believe in creating content that garners voice and vision, and the visuals are a part to the whole, an important but not mutually exclusive supplement — it is not the main course.
Please take your Aesthetic Soup elsewhere, because I’m hungry for the real deal.